Friday, January 15, 2010

Liberal Left's Loathing Of The CIA

The United States has carried out intelligence activities since the days of George Washington, but only since World War II have they been coordinated on a government-wide basis. President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed New York lawyer and war hero, William J. Donovan, to become the first Coordinator of Information.

After the U.S. entered World War II Donovan became head of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in 1942. The OSS, the forerunner to the CIA, had a mandate to collect and analyze strategic information. After World War II, however, the OSS was abolished along with many other war agencies and its functions were transferred to the State and War Departments.

The CIA was created in 1947 with the signing of the National Security Act by President Harry S. Truman. The act also created a Director of Central Intelligence to serve as head of the United States intelligence community, act as the principal adviser to the President for intelligence matters related to the national security and serve as head of the CIA.

To accomplish its mission, the CIA engages in research, development, and deployment of high-leverage technology for intelligence purposes. As a separate agency, the CIA serves as an independent source of analysis on topics of concern and also works closely with the other organizations in the Intelligence Community to ensure that the intelligence consumer—whether a Washington policymaker or a battlefield commander—receives the best intelligence possible.

Given the CIA's historical background originating from a democratic president, the paramount importance and responsibility of the CIA towards preserving and protecting U.S. national security and the inherent dangers posed by that responsibility, why does the American left have such loathing for the “Agency”?

Arthur Herman responds to this overarching question by penning a fascinating chronological history of the American left’s war they have waged against the CIA entitled “The 35-Year War on the CIA”, published in Commentary magazine. Mr. Herman’s article recounts the left’s relentless hypocritical and politically motivated maligning of the CIA over the last 35 years, with its preconception initiated by the American left in the early years of the Nixon administration up to and including the overt disdain for the CIA as expressed by the prosecutorial actions of the Obama administration. Over the last 4 decades the CIA has been saddled with fighting war and oppression on 2 fronts; (1) against those within and without our shores intent on imposing damage to America and other democratic nations and, (2) the liberal left’s unyielding fervor to frustrate the CIA’s ability to carry out its mission.

Mr. Herman addresses in novella-like fashion an accounting of the liberal onslaught to frustrate the mission of the CIA, compromise the security of America and democracy that, in turn, shines a light on the liberal mindset. As Mr. Herman states in his article,
“…a serious examination of this implacable hostility toward America’s leading spy agency on the part of the American Left over the course of the past 35 years reveals a great deal about the nature of modern liberalism itself and its often self-destructive course.”

The most telling moment of how the left’s crusade against the U.S. Intelligence community is at the beginning of Mr. Herman’s article where he writes,
“When your own outfit is trying to put you in jail, it’s time to go.” Those are the words of Robert Baer, once a CIA operative in the Middle East, describing the days in 1995 when he found himself under investigation by the Clinton administration, the FBI, and the CIA’s own inspector general. Baer’s crime? Daring to talk to Iraqi dissidents who were plotting to assassinate Saddam Hussein.”

Please take time to read Mr. Herman’s eye-opening article to gain deeper insight into the dangerous and despicable actions of America’s liberal left’s constant vigilance to compromise, constrain and systematically dismantle America’s leading intelligence agency.

The question of "why" the left has waged it's unholy war against the CIA is largely unanswered by Mr. Herman. The answer is littered over the last four decade history of the American left’s anti-American representation and agenda.

“And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”

Arthur Herman is the author of "How the Scots Invented the Modern World" as well as "The Idea of Decline in Western History" and "Joseph McCarthy". He has been a professor of history at Georgetown University, Catholic University, George Mason University, and the University of the South.


Matt said...

While and government agency requires oversight, and a lot of it, I can't help but think that the liberal hatred of the CIA is the result of the influence of the KGB from the 60's and onward. So much of the liberal movement was scripted from the Soviet Bloc, it seems to be a logical conclusion.

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